The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted in the first reading draft law "On Energy Efficiency Fund” No.5598. The respective decision was supported by 227 MPs.
“I urge the Parliament to demonstrate synergy in order to achieve our common target: to reduce the burden of utility payments on incomes of ordinary Ukrainian families as well as to reach energy independence. The Energy Efficiency Fund is a key component of the comprehensive energy efficiency reform. It provides citizens with financial support and technical solutions called to cut energy consumption and expenses for payment utility bills. This draft law is of paramount importance for us as a technical and financial tool providing opportunity to effectively use budget resources and leverage international assistance. For the first time we’ve directed the energy efficiency reform to satisfy consumer needs, however to launch it we need legal framework”, stressed Vice Prime Minister /Minister of Regional Development, Building, Housing and Communal Services of Ukraine Hennadii Zubko in his statement at the Verkhovna Rada.
The Vice Prime Minister noted the European Union had clearly expressed its readiness to provide financial support in filling the Energy Efficiency Fund. Hennadii Zubko called on MPs to adopt a package of three bills which will enable the country to launch the energy efficiency reform, in particular:
- Draft law “On Housing and Communal Services” (No.1581-d) is aimed to create an updated market of housing and communal services and to establish clear rules for cooperation between the consumer and service provider.
- Draft law "On Commercial Accounting of Utility Services” (No.4901) stipulates for the compulsory installation of metering devices. People will pay only for consumed resources instead of paying for repairing of pipes as well as for connection failures.
- Bill "About Energy Efficiency of Buildings” (No.4941) ensures fair measuring of the consumed heat in residential buildings, introduces a mechanism for obtaining a unified energy performance certificate for each particular building, provides independent diagnostics of buildings and a renovation plan.